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Hazlett and Wright on Net Neutrality

In an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, Professors Thomas Hazlett and Joshua Wright argue against the current attempt by the Federal Communications Commission to impose "net neutrality" rules on Internet service providers.

“The cry for Internet regulation is familiar. "Net neutrality" rules are the most recent episode in a recurring story in which proponents seek to limit competition while claiming that nothing less than the future of the Internet is at stake.

"The modern, open Internet evolved in the marketplace, with customers and firms making unregulated deals. The government's primary contribution has been to clear out the "public utility" regulations that would have stifled it. As FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai explained in February when the FCC announced its latest attempt to salvage net-neutrality rules: 'The Internet was free and open before the FCC adopted net-neutrality rules. It remains free and open today. Net neutrality has always been a solution in search of a problem.'"

Micromanaging the Web Would Be a Macro Mistake, Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2014. By Thomas W. Hazlett and Joshua D. Wright.

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